Awards Committee Member

Award committee members provide guidance and support to Girl Scouts working toward the Silver or Gold Awards, the highest awards available to Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors, which have a strong emphasis on community service and leadership.


  1. Available for activities for a full school year (September – August), with the option to renew annually
  2. Register as a Girl Scout member (if not already a member).
  3. Support girl applicants’ ideas and projects, and, when necessary, add input for better success.
  4. Review and make recommendations to proposals as needed. Approve proposals once recommended changes according to guidelines have been met.
  5. Learn about all aspects of the Gold and Silver Award process, with assistance from the Program Specialist.
  6. Optional, but appreciated: Assist with the coordination, delivery and supervision of a Highest Award workshop or webinar.

Apply to the Awards Committee

If you are interested in joining the Awards Committee, please submit your information below.
  • Volunteer Position Description

    Please read the Volunteer Position Description

    Title: Higher Awards Committee Member
    Appointed by: Program Department
    Supervisor: Program Coordinator - Laurie Pulver
    Term: October - September (1-year with option for reappointment)
    Purpose: The Higher Award Committee Member is a guide who helps girls through the process of earning their Girl Scout Silver or Gold Award by providing guidance, support, and mentorship to Girl Scouts (6th-12th grade). These are the highest awards available to Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors, and have a strong emphasis on community leadership. The Higher Awards Committee Member is also responsible for providing their River Valleys contact with a confirmation that the applicants have completed all the requirements necessary to receive the Silver or Gold award.

    Key Responsibilities

    1. Review, mentor, and advise girls as they work on their proposal and project. Once requirements are met, recommend girl for project approval and award achievement. Tasks may include:
      • Support girl applicants’ ideas and projects.
      • When necessary, provide constructive feedback on project modification(s) for better success.
      • Answer questions the girl applicants may have or encounter.
      • Correspond with River Valleys program coordinator to notify status of girl and her project.
      • Forward additional questions to the appropriate staff person (when needed).
    2. Work with each girl assigned by reviewing girls Higher Award application materials ensuring all materials are complete.
    3. Make recommendations to girl for changes to proposal including any required revisions.
    4. Approve girl’s project once they have made required changes/revisions to project (if needed).
    5. Review project final reports.
    6. Make recommendations to girl for changes to final reports including any required updates.
    7. Notify girls of completion of project after reviewing final report.
    8. Serve as a mentor to girl applicants, versus a “gatekeeper” to the award.
    9. Remain current about all aspects of Girl Scout Higher Award requirements by attending all required training.
    10. Assist in educating girls on the higher award program and process by assisting at workshops and/or webinars.
    11. Adhere to Girl Scouts of the USA Safety-Wise regulations.
    12. Practice the Principles of Inclusiveness: Girls Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for girls and adults. We welcome, embrace and appreciate people of all ages, races, religions, cultures, abilities, sexual orientation, gender and educational and economic backgrounds.

    River Valleys’ Responsibilities

    1. Provide position training and resources to guide girls through projects.
    2. Provide committee members with girls’ applications/project proposal.
    3. Offer ongoing support and assistance from Program Coordinator.


    1. Support girls as they develop and implement successful Higher Award projects, learning and gaining strong leadership skills in the process.
    2. Work directly with girls who are undertaking positive and significant community projects; play a key role in the success of a girl’s project.
    3. Participate in a highly recognized leadership program.
    4. Provides mentorship and builds positive, supportive relationships with girls as they pursue the highest awards in Girl Scouting.


    1. Registered member of Girl Scouts River Valleys.
    2. Subscribes to the principles of Girl Scouts of the USA and commits to speaking and acting in a manner consistent with the Girl Scout Mission, Promise, Law and Values.
    3. Displays welcoming and inclusive behavior toward people of all ages, races, religions, cultures, abilities, sexual orientation, gender, educational and economic backgrounds.
    4. Has interest and experience working with girls ages 11-18.
    5. Possesses strong attention to detail and ability to follow through on tasks.
    6. Has the ability to travel within River Valleys’ jurisdiction.
    Questions? Contact us.
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